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Bitcon-Holst Golf Tournament a big success

August 9, 2013
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The Lyle Bitcon & Kent Holst Memorial Golf Tournament was a rousing success, bringing in over $7,000 to donate to the Traer Golf Club.

The tournament, which was held on Sunday, July 28, brought golfers from far and wide to participate in a 4-person best shot competition as well as an 18-hole shotgun start.

Participants hailed from area towns like Traer, Reinbeck and Marshalltown to more faraway locales like the Quad Cities, Vinton, Jewell, Marion, Mason City, Des Moines and even Minnesota.

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The Lyle Bitcon & Kent Holst Memorial Golf Tournament, held July 28 at the Traer Golf Club, brought in over $7,000 with its many fun activities. Over 120 golfers turned out and raised money to benefit the club. Above, Leroy Wood poses with some of the memorabilia that was auctioned off.

124 golfers took part in the event, and 31 teams with over 60 golf carts were present throughout the day. Activities included special events on every hole for the first round, and the raffle, consisting of items ranging from golf equipment to a 47-inch TV.

A hot air balloon ride with Pete Holden, Cabela's shirts, watercolor painting by Linda Powell and autographed University of Iowa footballs and basketballs were just some of the wonderful prizes given away.

The event was designed to raise money for the Traer Golf Club, including the repair of the deck, a spot many members congregate and share time. Kent Holst's widow, Judy, was proud of the tournament and the benefit it will bring to the golf club.

"The golf course-and the deck in particular-was a favorite place for Kent, and for a number of years when it needed repainting, he would go out there and do it," Holst said. "It's in need of repair, and I thought to do something to benefit the golf course and all the members would be a good memory for him."

Brad Bitcon, son of the late Lyle Bitcon, was instrumental in organizing the event and helped pump up the crowd when the day finally arrived. Larry Seda also worked closely with Brad to help get the event organized, and the help of numerous volunteers-from ticket-takers to groundscrew-made the day one to remember.

Tom Kasal, of Belle Plaine, will certainly look back fondly on his time at the tournament, as he was the winner of the TV raffle. David Barnes won the hot air balloon ride.

A group of four from Marshalltown won the 18-hole tournament. Dave Baccam, Then Baccam, Dao Baccam and Adda Phombasy finished the day in first place.



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